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Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used extensively in genetic research.
[New Latin Drosophila, genus name : Greek drosos, dew + New Latin -phila, feminine of -philus, -phile.]
n, pl -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
(Animals) any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etc. Also called: fruit fly or vinegar fly
[C19: New Latin, from Greek drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile]
1. any of numerous small, black or steely green flies of the family Tephritidae, whose eggs are deposited in fruit for the larvae to feed on after hatching.
2. Also called drosophila. any of numerous similar yellowish flies of the family Drosophilidae, which feed on the yeasts of fermenting fruit used in laboratory studies.
Any of various small fruit flies, one species of which is used extensively in breeding experiments in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance.